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NCFE Functional Skills Qualifications English

  • Awarding Body: NCFE
  • Level: From Entry level to Level 2
  • Mode: Part Time

About the qualification

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with English skills to help them gain the most from life, learning and work.

Who is it for

The qualification is ideal for learners wishing to develop practical, transferable skills in English in order to work confidently, effectively and independently in life. It is suitable for a wide range of individuals and is fundamental to the successful completion of various wider qualifications and frameworks, such as Foundation Learning and Apprenticeships.

What will you achieve.

By the end of the course you should be able to…

  • Gain skills in speaking, listening and communication, reading and writing
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life
  • Engage competently and confidently with others
  • Solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • Develop personally and professionally as positive citizens who can actively contribute to society.


This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners who want to develop practical and transferable skills in English.

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for the qualification.

Progression routes

It allows you to progress into employment (see further information), and upon successful completion, you can also progress to the following qualifications:

  • NCFE Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics (from entry Level to Level 2)
  • NCFE Functional Skills Qualification in English (from entry Level to Level 2)


How you will be assessed

The Reading and Writing components are assessed via 2 separate externally set and assessed task-based question papers.

Learners will be issued with a result of ‘achieved’, ‘not yet achieved’ or ‘within 10%’ for each of the assessments.

The assessments are administered by centre staff under examination conditions and will both last for 1 hour. This includes learner reading time.

If the learner achieves their external assessment(s) before NCFE receives notification of successful internal assessment, the external assessment result(s) will be banked until a full certificate is claimed.

Course Breakdown

To achieve the NCFE Functional Skills Qualification in English Level learners must achieve 3 mandatory components units:

  • Speaking, Listening and Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing

Further information

Assessment is the process of measuring a learner’s skill, knowledge and understanding against the standards set in a qualification.

Each learner is required to undertake 3 task-based assessments.

If learners do not achieve their component assessment they are able to re-sit the individual component.

All 3 components must be achieved in order to obtain a full certificate. Partial certification is not available for this qualification. Grades are not awarded and the components are weighted equally.

Investing in a English pathway is rewarding and fulfilling; we see the benefits of it as we support you in your studies. Contact us on: + 44 (0) 203 746 1048 to discuss your possibilities and choices with Training Skills UK.